Saturday, March 26, 2011

Novels, yay or nay?

Here is a confession, I don't like to read novels. I know, I know, you are probably thinking...Whhhaaattt?? Well, it is true. Many have tried to understand this mystery about me, and it has yet to be solved. No, I haven't even read The Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter much to my husband's chagrin. I would so much rather pick up a book on theology than a story, but I am working to be a little bit more balanced on this issue. My love for theology books will probably never change, but I do want to learn to love stories more. Drew's new theory is that I like stories that are about real life. I loved reading Marley and Me and over Christmas break this year I read The Help, and I loved both of these books! So in an attempt to be better balanced I picked up a book at the library yesterday called Home to Woefield by Susan Juby. I read a little before bed last night and this is how the story starts:

"I don't know about you, but for me there came that moment during every visit to the farmers' market when I wanted more. I wanted to be the one standing behind the folding table, a truck of organic produce at my back, displaying my heirloom of tomatoes and baby potatoes. I want to be the one handing over glossy sheaves of swiss chard at a reasonable price and talking knowledgeably about my mushroom patch. The one looking cold and somewhat chapped about the face and hands, yet more alive than anyone else in unfashionable rubber boots and dirty pants."

If Drew's theory is right then I will enjoy this book, because I have wanted to be exactly what she describes. Though, MY poka dotted rubber boots are pretty cute!

We will see if I devour this book or if it sits on my bed side stand collecting dust and late fees because I have forgotten to return it on time.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More Then the Birds

I was browsing through Comment Magazine online (if you haven't checked out this magazine then you definitely should) and I came across this painting by Teresa Carter. I really love the verse that the painting is based on..

Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

What a beautiful reminder that God cares even for the tiniest birds by providing for them. His love and care for his children is even greater!

We have been stressed. We feel like we are riding a bike up hill and our legs are getting tired. I often find myself worrying how I will possibly get everything accomplished. The article, this painting, and most of all this passage reminds me that I can live a life of trusting in God and his care for me, rather then a life of worry.

I have a ring that my mom gave me when I was in high school that has a verse similar to Matthew 6:26 enscribed in greek. The verse on the ring is Matthew 10:31, "So don't be afraid, for you are worth more than many sparrows." I often wear this ring on days when I my feet are dragging, and I need the tangible reminder that God's grace and care will get me through. It is a wonderful reminder to me of who I MUST lean on! I know that life is always going to have its challenges, and I am thankful that even in the midst of them I know that God is watching over me, providing all that I need, and I do not need to be afraid.

Check out the article and the artist.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Need for Something Cheery!

Are you feeling the winter blues? I sure am! I went out to my car early this morning to meet a friend for breakfast and felt angry at the frost that was on my car. I am ready for my dinky $.99 scraper from Wal-Mart to get lost inside my car because it is has been so long since I have had to use it. Spring just can't get here fast enough! I often look at the flower pics that we have on our computer to add a little cheer to my day! I thought I would share some of my favorite pics!

A field full of blue bells at a park near our house. Can't wait to see these again this year

A close-up of the blue bells

Some pretty flowers in our friends yard

Some flowers that Drew picked for me while he was in India

A tulip tree with the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky

A really amazing flower that we found on a bike ride

Hope this post helped to cheer you up and scoot away the winter blues at least for the few minutes that it took you to look at the pictures!! Have a great day!

Oh, here is a fun quote I found that expressed how I feel-

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size. ~Gertrude S. Wister